Vaccination COVID-19 Latest Information

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 COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Update Julu 2nd 2021.

We are now working through second doses of those to whom we gave a first dose. You will be called at around 8-12 weeks for your second dose depending on which cohort you are in. Please do not contact us as the recall system is robust and you will not be missed. If you are eligible for a first dose and have not yet have one please contact the National Booking Service on 119 to arrange this. We are no longer able to offer first doses.

We continue to follow all Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ( MHRA) and Joint Committee for Vaccine guidance and Immunisations (JCVI) regarding the use of vaccines. Following the latest advice (8th April) from these agencies people age under 30 will be offered an alternative vaccine to Astrazeneca. Please read the following information about use of Astrazeneca vaccines which can answer questions you may have.

We cannot offer an alternative vaccine to anyone other than those specified in these guidelines. Please do not contact the surgery to ask for an alternative vaccine unless you fit into one of the categories outlined in these documents.

Our normal primary care service is being impaired by telephone calls and messages regarding vaccines and we please ask that you use our service thoughtfully and consider whether you can find the answer to your questions elsewhere.

You will need to speak to a doctor if you have a history of a thrombosis (blood clot) AT THE SAME TIME as having thrombocytopenia ( low platelet count) but these conditions separately DO NOT constitute a contraindication to vaccination.

You will need to speak to a doctor if you have had a low platelet count associated with the use of heparin. This is a very rare condition and if you have previously been diagnosed with this you will have been told this.

If you are under 30 and have already received your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine without experiencing any serious side effects, you should complete the course and have your second dose of the AZ vaccine when you are invited to do so. Having both doses of the vaccine will offer you the best protection against COVID-19.

It's important to remember that the MHRA and the JCVI have confirmed the benefits of the AZ vaccination outweigh any risk of the rare blood clotting problem for people over the age of 30. If you or someone you know is over 30 and has been invited to have the AZ vaccine, please accept the invitation. Getting the vaccination is your best protection against COVID-19, and the vaccines have already helped us save thousands of lives in 2021.

Useful Informatin as Links Documents 

Risks & Harms document form Cambridge University Winton Centre (click here link)

National protocol for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

JCVI final statement on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: 13 April 2021

Covid App  Report daily to help early detection and improve vaccine research. 4m UK users. By King's College London 

Audio

Podcast from The Guardian - Covid-19: what’s going on with the AstraZeneca vaccine‪?‬ (click the play symbol on the web page)

FAQs to support your practices with any queries from students living with  someone who is severely immunosuppressed

 Worried about having your second dose

of AstraZeneca? Click here for pdf from Public Health England.

“I live with someone who is severely immunosuppressed. How will I get the vaccine?

 On 31 March Government announced that it had accepted recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to vaccinate adult household contacts of adults (over 16 years of age) with severe immunosuppression with the COVID-19 vaccination, alongside priority group 6.

GP practices are identifying and writing to individuals on their patient lists who are severely immunosuppressed, to invite them to let their household contacts know that they are now eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccination. Household contacts who are eligible are asked to contact the GP practice they are registered with to arrange their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

NB: When a household contact attends their vaccination appointment they must bring with them the letter from the GP practice to the severely immunosuppressed individual. They also need to bring their own proof of address, which must match that of the immunosuppressed individual. 

I live in student halls with someone who is immunosuppressed. Am I eligible to have the vaccine as a 'household contact'?

We are vaccinating people in line with the priority cohorts as set nationally by central Government, based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. In accordance with the definitions set out in the Green Book – a national document which all NHS organisations follow – those who live in halls of residence are excluded from the definition of a “household contact”.

I am a student who lives in a house with an immunosuppressed person. Can I get the vaccine as a 'household contact'?

Students who share a house with an immunosuppressed person, as opposed to halls of residence, may be classed as a household contact where they share living accommodation (including spaces such as a kitchen and bathroom) on most days and therefore cannot avoid continued close contact with the immunosuppressed person.”

 Vaccine Status

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination status is available to people who live in England.

You can get your vaccination status in digital or paper format.

The service will go live from Monday 17 May.

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

Through the NHS App

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

By calling 119

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 working days to reach you.

The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.